Thursday | June 24, 2021 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Health care workers have been under tremendous pressure and strain as they took on the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. BizWest is excited to announce a virtual event on June 24, that will recognize those who sacrificed so much to keep the rest of us well.

2021 Health Care Heroes Selection Committee

BizWest would like to extend our sincere thanks to this year’s Health Care Heroes selection committee:

Congratulations to the 2021 Health Care Heroes Finalists & Honorees

(Honorees listed first in each category.)

Community Service

Sunrise Community Health (Organization)
H2 Manufacturing (Organization)
Noelle Rodriguez (Individual)

COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Worker

Jennifer Hogestad, UCHealth (Individual)
Rebecca Jackson, Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
Mo Lyons, Banner Health (Individual)

COVID-19 Frontline Nurse

Joel Bitler, Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
Cheryl Baum, New Mercer Commons ALF/Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
Amy Provopulos, UCHealth Mountain Crest (Individual)

COVID-19 Health Care Ally Award

Foothills Unitarian Church (Organization)
AMR (Organization)
UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation (Organization)

COVID-19 Support Worker

Gloria Gonzalez-Engle, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
Jeremiah Martinez, Boulder Community Health – Sterile Processing Department (Individual)
Marilyn Schaefer, UCHealth Greeley Hospital

Distinguished Service

Lauren Shimp, Columbine West Health & Rehab Facility (Individual)
Fred Pitzl, Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins Village (Individual)
SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center (Organization)

Health Care Innovator/Researcher

Mike Lindsey, ThermalStrike (Individual)
UCHealth (Organization)
Banner Innovation Group (Organization)

Mental Health Care Provider of the Year

Alicia Milar, SummitStone Health Partners (Individual)
Janina Fariñas, La Cocina (Individual)
Adena Kling, Longmont United Hospital Centura (Individual)

Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Facility of the Year

Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins Village (Organization)
Garden Square at Westlake Assisted Living (Organization)
Tamara Gebhardt, New Mercer Commons ALF/Columbine Health Systems (Individual)

Volunteer Award

Mark Meyer, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
Emily Kemme, UCHealth (Individual)
Fuerza Latina (Organization)

2021 Health Care Heroes Nominees

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Community Service

Honors an individual or organization — from within or outside of health care — for leadership focusing on a particular health care issue or need. Nominations will be evaluated on criteria including impact on health care within the community and how they fulfilled a need that might otherwise not have been met.

  • Boulder Community Health (Organization)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County (Organization)
  • Cultural Enrichment Center (Organization)
  • First United Methodist Church (Organization)
  • Fuerza Latina (Organization)
  • H2 Manufacturing (Organization)
  • ISAAC of Northern Colorado (Organization)
  • Janet Werst, UCHealth (Individual)
  • La Cocina (Organization)
  • Meals on Wheels – Fort Collins (Organization)
  • Noelle Rodriguez (Individual)
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes Boulder (Organization)
  • Queen’s Legacy Foundation (Organization)
  • Sunrise Community Health (Organization)
  • The BIPOC Alliance (Organization)
  • The Family Center / La Familia (Organization)
  • UCHealth Healthy Hearts (Organization)
  • UCHealth Research (Organization)

COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Worker

Honors an individual who displayed excellence, dedication and perseverance in responding to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including physicians, EMTs, paramedics, and Emergency Department personnel and others. Nominations must include specific information on how the individual performed during the pandemic, going above and beyond their typical duties and responsibilities.

  • Amie Meditz, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Catherine Hebert, Good Samaritan Medical Center (Individual)
  • Clinton Dale, North Shore Health & Rehab Facility – Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
  • Jennifer Hogestad, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Kayla Elfgren, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Kim Feldhaus, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Lori Nilles, UCHealth Greeley Hospital (Individual)
  • Maria McLain Cox, UCHealth-Poudre Valley Hospital (Individual)
  • Marilyn Schaefer, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Mark King, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Melanie Hofferber, SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center (Individual)
  • Mo Lyons, Banner Health (Individual)
  • Rebecca Jackson, Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
  • SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center (Organization)
  • Tara Horne, Longmont United Hospital (Individual)
  • Tracy Lippard, Kaiser (Individual)

COVID-19 Frontline Nurse

Honors a nurse who displayed excellence, dedication and perseverance in responding to challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations must include specific information on how the individual performed during the pandemic, going above and beyond their typical duties and responsibilities.

  • Amy Provopulos, UCHealth Mountain Crest (Individual)
  • Avista Adventist Hospital (Organization)
  • Brittany Ford, Banner Health (Individual)
  • Brittany Vanbenschoten, Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village (Individual)
  • Chandler Lowham, Banner Health (Individual)
  • Cheryl Baum, New Mercer Commons ALF/Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
  • Hannah Kunz, LAHR (Individual)
  • Jessa Owen, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Joel Bitler, Columbine Health Systems (Individual)
  • Laura Sessions, UCHealth/Poudre Valley Hospital (Individual)
  • Pam James, Columbine Poudre Home Care (Individual)
  • Sandra Schell, Longmont United Hospital Centura (Individual)

COVID-19 Health Care Ally Award

Honors an individual outside of traditional health care who excelled during the COVID-19 pandemic, including firefighters, members of law enforcement, and representatives of civic and nonprofit organizations. Nominations must include specific information on how the individual went beyond their normal duties to support health care workers and the overall community.

  • AMR (Organization)
  • Diane Jackson, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Foothills Unitarian Church (Organization)
  • Susanne Murray, Larimer County Health Department (Individual)
  • UCHealth Northern Colorado Foundation (Organization)

COVID-19 Support Worker

Includes non-physician and non-nurse members of the multidisciplinary team, such as physician assistants, CNAs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, medical imaging, researchers, technicians, etc. Nominations must include specific information on how the individual performed during the pandemic, going above and beyond their typical duties and responsibilities.

  • Avista Adventist Hospital (Organization)
  • Boulder Community Health Pandemic Committee (Organization)
  • Cynthia Heuer, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Gloria Gonzalez-Engle, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Jeremiah Martinez, Boulder Community Health – Sterile Processing Department (Individual)
  • Kerri Gonzales, Poudre Valley Hospital (Individual)
  • Marilyn Schaefer, UCHealth Greeley Hospital (Individual)
  • Matt Putman, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Michael Anderson, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Olga Tucker, UCHealth (Individual)
  • UCHealth (Organization)

Distinguished Service

Honors a health-care administrator who has displayed leadership excellence within their organization during COVID-19. Nominations must include specific information on leadership provided during the pandemic, ensuring the safety of workers, quality care for patients and vaccinations for the community.

  • Ben Keidan, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Casey Diekmann, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Clinton Dale, North Shore Health and Rehab/Columbine (Individual)
  • Fred Pitzl, Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins Village (Individual)
  • Joan Ivaska, Banner Health (Individual)
  • Joel Bitler, Columbine health systems (Individual)
  • Lauren Shimp, Columbine West Health & Rehab Facility (Individual)
  • Linda Berens, AltaVita Senior Living (Individual)
  • Mark Wallace, Sunrise Community Health (Individual)
  • Robert Wagner, UC Health (Individual)
  • SCL Health Good Samaritan Medical Center (Organization)
  • Wendy Sparks, Banner Health (Individual)

Health Care Innovator/Researcher

Honors an individual or organization for an innovation in medical technology or research. Priority will be given to breakthroughs that contributed to testing, treatment, safety equipment or vaccines for COVID-19.

  • Banner Innovation Group (Organization)
  • Michael Lindsey, Thermal Strike Ranger (Individual)
  • UCHealth (Organization)
  • UCHealth – Northern Colorado Research (Organization)

Mental Health Care Provider of the Year

Recognizes a mental health care provider who has positively impacted his/her organization and/or patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations must include specific information on how the individual performed during the pandemic, going above and beyond their typical duties and responsibilities.

  • Adena Kling, Longmont United Hospital Centura (Individual)
  • Alicia Milar, SummitStone Health Partners (Individual)
  • Janina Fariñas, La Cocina (Individual)

Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Facility of the Year

Recognizes the top skilled nursing and assisted living facility or group in the region. Nominations will be evaluated based on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they prioritized patients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being.

  • Garden Square at Westlake Assisted Living (Organization)
  • Good Samaritan Society Fort Collins Village (Organization)
  • Tamara Gebhardt, New Mercer Commons ALF/Columbine Health Systems (Individual)

Volunteer Award

Recognizes a non-paid volunteer for service in a health care organization. Nominations will be evaluated on criteria including length of service, impact on the organization and how they fulfilled a need that might otherwise not have been met.

  • Carol Lathrop, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • Emily Kemme, UCHealth (Individual)
  • Fuerza Latina (Organization)
  • Mark Meyer, Boulder Community Health (Individual)
  • UCHealth (Organization)

Supporting Sponsor

Associate Sponsor

Trophy Sponsor

Health Care Coalition